Vodafone offers free mobile broadband in Europe
All roads lead to roam
Vodafone today said it has "simplified" its European data roaming charges.
The operator will bundle a daily allowance of 25MB roaming data transfers - equivalent to roughly 750MB a month - with each contract costing £40 a month or more.
If your monthly fee is less than £40, you can pay a £10 top-up to gain that small but free volume of data when you're travelling in Europe.
Vodafone said it wants smartphone users in particular to be able use their data-centric gadgets abroad and use them to the full without having to fear the size of the bill when they return.
European law already forces carriers to cap roaming data charges at €50 (£42) a month. That regulation came into force on 1 July this year.
The EU's roaming rules limit the wholesale price of data to €1 per megabyte, although carriers are free to charge their customers more. ®
Shirley this can't be so...
This means that the EU has done something good? Gosh that's hard to comprehend. There was me thinking the EU was faceless bureaucrats and pointless regulations leading to higher prices -- at least according to the right-wing nutters.
Here is proof that some markets need regulation lest it is left to shaft customers/users with aplomb.
This isn't the whole story
...information we've had this morning suggests that the standard daily rate for data usage in Europe is coming down substantially, too.
Good on ya.
Good on ya vodafone, is something good happening?
Now please get some handsets out to the fringes of Europe and stop those arseholes talking shite in Brussels, yes, charge more there.